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Biologists Identify New Whipray Species
2013-07-29 19:02:47

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Biologists say they have identified a new ocellated whipray species after analyzing tissues samples collected in various parts of the Indio-Pacific region. The scientists said they were able to describe leopard-skin whiprays in detail and demonstrate that they are isolated from each other in terms of reproduction. They were also able to discover a new species they call Himantura tutu, which is part of a genetic line totally distinct...

2008-07-20 12:00:26

By Michael Casey Associated Press SAMUT SONGKRAM, Thailand -- Rushing across a temple parking lot, British angler Rick Humphreys yells, "We've got a fish." He jumps into a small motorboat on the Maeklong River in time to see Wirat Moungnum bring the prize to the surface -- a rare, giant freshwater stingray that weighs as much as 44 pounds. It bursts through the murky water exposing a soft, white underbelly the size of a trash can lid. The crew scrambles to string a rope through its...


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2007-04-19 05:54:12

Himantura kittipong is a species of freshwater stingray that was initially found by Thai fish expert Kittipong Jaruthanin in Mae Klong River in Kanchanaburi, Thailand in 2004. It was confirmed to be a new species by two World Wide Funds for Nature officials, WWF Thailand senior freshwater biologist Chavalit Vidthayanon and Smithsonian research associate Tyson Roberts, on April 12, 2006. The 24-inch wide kittipong lives at the bottom of rivers. It is part of the Dasyatidae family of...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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